And They Go: From the Archives – The Stampede in the 1920s
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The Calgary Stampede has long been a part of Calgary history. In recognition of this year’s event, for 10 days a week (July 4-15), we’re sharing featured stock photos and event highlights from the first 10 decades of the world’s greatest outdoor extravaganza. This installment: The stampede in the 1920s.
1921-22: Calgary Industrial Exhibition Co. organized a winter carnival. It featured snowshoeing, hockey and ski jumping for which a 22.5 meter tower was installed built on the roof of the Tribune.
1923: The Exposition and the Stampede merged to become a single annual event. The Stampede was held in July for the first time and still is. Chuckwagon races have been added as a new Stampede event. The downtown stores were motivated to decorate western, and prizes were awarded for the best Western dress. The western spirit spilled into the streets of Calgary. The first pancake breakfasts were served downtown in 1923. The Prince of Wales held a special award ceremony at his EP Ranch for riding broncos. champion Pete Vandermeer.
1925: Universal Pictures released The Calgary Stampede, an American box office hit starring Hoot Gibson. Guy Weadick played a prominent role.
1926: Fire Chief James (Cappy) Intelligent led the Stampede parade on an elephant.
1926: The British band Coldstream Guards played. Dick Cosgrave won his first chuckwagon trophy, a feat he would repeat nine times over the next 17 years.
— Timeline compiled by Karen Crosby, Norma Marr, and Aimee Benoit.